How to care for a declawed Cat

How to care for a declawed Cat

If you have declawed your cat lately, now your cat will need some days to recover and will need extra care as now it won’t be able to scratch things and sometimes can not be able to walk properly,
Here are some steps you will have to take to help your cat recover fast.

Give your declawed cat painkillers

Your cat may be in constant pain after the surgery, and your vet will recommend you the pain decreasing medicine for your cat; you should give your cat the medicine in time to make sure your furry friend can get some relief from the pain,
This will help your cat to recover fast.
This medicine can be in two shapes: liquid, serum, or pills.
Although giving your cat the medicine can be difficult, and you can try some tricks to get your cat to swallow the pills or drink the liquid.

  • Mix the pills in the treats. This will be easy for the cats to swallow the pills.
  • Or you can mix the pills in the food tray with the cat.
  • Give the liquid through the cat’s feeder.
  • Or you can give your cat the serum through injection by injecting it into its mouth.

Giving your declawed cat a quiet place to rest

Giving your cat a quiet and cozy place to rest will ensure its fast recovery, as your cat may be unable to walk because of pain after the surgery, so you will need to give your cat a cozy place away from all the sound and kids for almost 8-10 days. Make sure that where you are keeping your cat for rest has no furniture or obstacles to jump around, and if you notice any bleeding because of your cat jumping around, apply antibiotics and apply gentle pressure on the site.
If a quiet room is not possible, you can use a dog or a bigger cage.

Checking on your declawed cat’s paw

Make sure to check your cat’s paw daily to make sure your cat is healing and there is no infection on the site; you can check if there is an infection or not by observing if there is no discharge on the site or not. Infection can be caused by many reasons like dirt getting into wounds or being in dirty places; keep your cat’s paw clean by gently wiping it with paper and using antibiotics.
If you notice a little bleeding on the paws, don’t worry it’s normal, but if you see excessive bleeding on the site, apply some pressure, and if the bleeding is not stopping, contact your vet.

Organizing the litter box

After the surgery walking your cat can be a bit difficult so try to put litter boxes near the cat to make things easy for your cat.
Also, choose a soft litter box for your cat, so it doesn’t have to bear the pain on its paws, keep the litter box clean as there can be a danger of infection, and also, after the surgery, your cat may be refuse to litter in a dirty box, so it’s your responsibility to clean the litter box almost daily at least for the time your cat is recovering from the surgery.

Keeping the cat indoors

If your cat is an outdoor cat, you should keep it indoor while it’s recovering; not only that, but you should keep your cat indoors even if she has recovered as, after declawing, your cat won’t have the ability to defend itself against other cats or other animals easily, and even not the ability to climb on some places, so it’s better to encourage your cat to stay inside as it is better for both of you.

Spend time with your declawed cat and encourage it to walk

After the surgery, your cat may have some trouble walking; you should encourage your cat to walk but keep in mind don’t pressure your cat, as after declawing, your cat can sometimes change its behaviour towards you and other things, so make sure to spend time with it give your cat the love and care it needs, and if you notice too many behavioural changes or too much aggression, you should consider contacting your vet support and talking to them.

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